BELFAST – Belfast Flying Shoes rings in the new year with monthly community and contra dances at the First Church in Belfast UCC fellowship hall Friday, Jan. 6.

The shoes start flying at 6:30 p.m. with Lisa Newcomb and Chrissy Fowler calling a community dance to lively music by the All Comers Band, which welcomes musicians of all ages, instruments and skill levels. Tunes are posted at belfastflyingshoes.org, and the band will warm up at 6 p.m.

The 8 p.m. contra dance features Chrissy Fowler calling with music by local favorites, The Gawler Family Band. Parents Ellen and John are joined by daughters Molly, Edith and Elsie, and Ethan Tischler and Bennett Konesni round out the band. Expect stellar music, friendly dancers, and a whole lot of Gawler-style smiles.

Dances will include simple and accessible community dances for all ages, and contras with gender-neutral role terms plus a few couple dances like the waltz, polska and schottische. All are welcome!

First Church is at 8 Court St., with the entrance on Spring Street. Admission for the community dance is $1 kids, $2 adults. Suggested admission for the contra dance is $15. Pay what you can, whether less or more. Masks provided for those who wish to wear them. For information, First Friday FAQ, and BFS Community Care Policy, visit belfastflyingshoes.org or contact belfastflyingshoes@gmail.com. Additional support for First Fridays is provided by local business sponsors and contributors to Belfast Flying Shoes.

Belfast Flying Shoes was founded in 2005 with a mission to bolster the spirited dance and music community in Midcoast Maine. Among the local nonprofit’s many programs is a weekly radio hour on Belfast Community Radio (WBFY), highlighting the varied traditions and styles of contra dance music.